Time Management

There are only 168 hours in a week to accomplish the tasks and activities you have to do in your daily life. As a college student, you may find it especially difficult to make good use of your time and balance your priorities. Sometimes it can feel like there are too many things to do and not enough time to accomplish them all. At other times, you may have plenty of time available but still manage to squander it on unimportant activities. Fortunately, there are a number of great strategies that can be utilized in learning to manage time effectively. And when you find ways to manage your time, life can be much more enjoyable. A few benefits of learning to manage time include improving performance on schoolwork, having more time to spend on personal activities, feeling less pressured, and having more control over your life. Developing good time management skills is well worth the reward!

Check out the Time Management Web-Shop from Anne Arundel Community College to find out more about managing and prioritizing your time.

As well, watch the Penguin Prof’s video on Time Management for some great tips on managing time as a student.

Time Management Tips

  • Set aside blocks of time to study.
    • If you schedule specific study periods for each course in your calendar, you'l be more likely to do the work. Studying regularly and in short bursts will keep work from piling up.
    • Try the Pomodoro Technique for maximizing productivity. If you like this technique, try the Stay Focused app.
  • Study at the time of day when you feel the most motivated and alert.
    • Are you a morning person or a night owl? Remember, you'll accomplish more learning if you study at a time of day when your concentration level is high.
  • Begin working on assignments early.
    • If you avoid procrastinating on your assignments, you give yourself enough time to do a good job. Also, you want to allow yourself adequate time to ask your instructor questions if you run into challenges. You might even consider moving your final due dates up by a few days so that you don't run short on time.
    • Try entering your assignment information at The Assignment Calculator to generate a detailed schedule for completing your assignment.
  • Break larger tasks up into smaller parts and assign mini-deadlines.
    • This will help you pick away at pieces of a project a little at a time and help you avoid completing assignments at the last minute.
  • Say 'no' to friends when you need to study.
    • Arrange an alternate time when you can afford to take some time to relax.
  • Reward yourself after completing your work
    • Go out and spend some time with friends, or go to the mall or see a movie.

Online Time Management Resources

  • Remember the Milk is an online tool for managing tasks through automatic reminders that are sent out through e-mail, SMS, and instant messaging.
  • Google Calendar is an online calendar for organizing your schedule and keeping track of events.
  • Exstora is personal organizer software that can be downloaded for free and used for keeping notes and a diary.
  • The University of Guelph's A Guide for Time Management is a webpage offering plenty of helpful tips in managing your time, setting goals, staying on track, and controlling procrastination.
  • Mind Tools is a website that provides valuable time management resources in multitasking, organization and prioritization skills, and scheduling.
    • This site also features a short quiz that you can take to find out if you are a procrastinator. If you need help beating procrastination, check out Overcoming Procrastination to view a video and discover some valuable strategies that may help you.
  • Joe Landsberger's Study Guides and Strategies' website provides an online calculator for assessing the number of hours you spend on daily activities to help you find ways to increase your studying time. This site also offers time management tips and priority and to-do lists.